We must be on to something good, because I had an unholy visitation on Sunday night … it was definitely from the dark side. As I lay there sprawled on the floor, with my face to the ground, I affirmed Romans 8:28 over my circumstances. Everything that “appeared” to be “wrong” I affirmed as being under God’s control. This brought on a definite sense of God’s presence. God “came into” my circumstance.
As is often (or should I say usually) the case with unholy visitations, there was a reason for it. They usually (always?) precede a move of God. Now to be sure, the Lord had indeed provided me with “revelation” in the days leading up to the attack, for I had a very clear vision early last week, just before getting up, of the Lord opening a door for me. It was as crystal clear as day … I saw the Lord push open a door for me. Clearly, he was intentioning for me to walk through that open door!!! The door was not open merely a little!!! Rather, it was opened wide!
“… behold,” Jesus said to the church in Philadephia, “I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it”. (Revelation 3:8) Praise God that the vision that I had corresponds to one of the churches in Revelation that Jesus didn’t have anything against! For if you will recall, there were seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. Jesus has something against all of them but two! (The church in Smyrna and the church in Philadelphia.)
Attacks like this are an indication that something good is going to happen. They are the fire before the blessing. They are Satan’s last ditch attempt to get you to stop and not proceed any further. At times like this, you need to get down on your hands and knees and keep praying, despite how you may “feel”. Feelings at times like these can be very very deceptive, making you feel like all has gone wrong — when in fact, blessings are just around the corner. Repeatedly, in the Scriptures, Jesus permits great trials to come, to both “refine” and “test” a person’s faith, to see where they stand with the Lord (been tested recently, by the way? Take it as a compliment!)
To Simon Peter, Jesus said, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat” (Luke 22:31). From passages like this one, and others, we can see that God does permit the testing to come, but we can be sure that he has our best interests in mind. “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings,” we read in Jeremiah 17:10. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Though he is not “all knowing” like God is, yet during times of testing like this the enemy knows that blessings are right on the horizon. He has seen this type of thing many times. He has seen God move upon his people. He doesn’t need a “revelation” of sorts, to know that God is on the move. All he has to do is to reach back into his memory banks and say, “Aha, I have seen this type of thing before!” And he will do all he can to try and stop the move of God — so far as he is able to. But praise God, he is a limited being — limited by God’s decrees and purposes!
The combination of open doors and adversity is not new to the Scriptures. The apostle Paul wrote, in his first letter to the Corinthian believers, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). Again, in his second letter, he mentions open doors: “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 2:12). And in the book of Colossians, Paul appeals for prayer so that doors would be opened for him to preach the gospel: “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds” (Colossians 4:3).
This then, was Paul’s appeal to those whom he was writing. It is also mine. I would ask each and every one of you who has been blessed by this ministry to keep on praying. We shall see greater things yet!